Get to know The Pokémon Company International

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.

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Job Title: Localization Specialist II

Job Summary: This role is responsible for translating Japanese game text and game related documents into English. Understanding localization processes is essential, and the candidate should have an appreciation for the importance of localization.

FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt

People Manager: No

What you’ll do

  • Translate and proofread a wide variety of computer games-related materials, such as in-game text, templates, packaging, press releases, strategy guide articles, and all other marketing materials. May get involved in Pokémon TCG localization as well.
  • Take a lead role for projects as needed, including the shared responsibility of conforming to the developers’ vision while maintaining a comprehensive picture of the project’s timeline and needs.
  • Provide input and cultural perspectives in development meetings with other localization professionals.
  • Ensure consistency regarding the use of terminology.
  • Playtest to confirm in-game text context for accurate translation. 
  • Interact daily with other translators, editors, and coordinators.
  • Report progress regularly to in-house management.
  • May write strategy guide articles based on spec. documents and test play.          

What you’ll bring

  • 3-4 years of translation experience from Japanese to English.
  • Japanese and English speaking and writing abilities at a near-native level is required.
  • Experience with Word and Excel is required and ability to learn new tools is required.
  • Must be detail-oriented with proven ability to multi-task various projects at the same time.
  • Experienced with role playing video gaming (playing or translating) is required; experience with the Pokémon video game is a plus.
  • Experienced with trading card games (playing or translating) is a plus.
  • Programming experience (especially VBA) is a plus.
  • Willing to adopt to new process/tools and consult senior members is a strong plus.
  • Able to work flexibly in an environment that features tight deadlines and shifting schedules.
  • Native-speaker level in language of expertise and fluency in English are required.
  • Ability to learn how to use specialized technical programs quickly. Pokémon brand knowledge is a plus.
  • Knowledge of SDL Trados is a plus.
  • Experience in the gaming industry is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

How you’ll be successful

  • Passion for Pokémon: Develops an understanding of the Pokémon brand, the impact it has on our people, culture, business, fans, and communities, and applying that knowledge and passion to everything you do.
  • Challenging the Expected: Approaches challenges with curiosity and creativity, embracing the possibility of failure as an opportunity to learn something new, develop innovative ideas, solve complex problems and identify unique opportunities.  
  • Integrity and Respect: Demonstrates integrity and respect by leading with empathy, listening to others, seeking out different perspectives, and taking personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and results.
  • Dedicated to Quality: Takes ownership to maintain and promote high standards, looks for new ways to learn and improve, and embraces a growth mindset to seek and apply feedback from others in an effort to continuously improve. 
  • Building Relationships: Develops and strengthens relationships, adopting a “team first” mentality and working collaboratively to solve problems and meet shared goals.  
  • Delighting Customers: Listens and understands the interests and needs of our customers and stakeholders, making them feel heard and important, and embracing these learnings to continue delivering a unique Pokémon experience.

What to expect

 An employee first culture

  • Company events that celebrate the spirit of Pokémon
  • Competitive cash-based compensation programs
  • 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for you
  • Generous paid family leave
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer-paid long and short-term income protection insurance
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Commuter benefit
  • LinkedIn learning
  • Comprehensive relocation package
  • Hybrid work environment

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. For roles in the United Kingdom, candidates will need the right to work. In some cases, and for some roles, the Company may be able to arrange a visa. For roles in Ireland, this role requires candidates to have the right to live and work in the Republic of Ireland. However, we welcome applications from all nationalities and may consider supporting an employment permit application, in appropriate and suitable cases.


Internal Job Code: EN.TPLL.P2

Internal Job Profile: Localization Specialist (IC2)


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